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The Rosedale Diner

Posted by Staff / Listed on January 25, 2008 / review policy

The Rosedale DinerThe Rosedale Diner has been winning over Rosedale locals since 1978. The National Post thinks their burger is the best in Toronto. They also have free WiFi.

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17 Comments

Jason / July 13, 2009 at 10:45 am
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The National Post can suck on a fat one.
Greg / July 8, 2010 at 11:00 am
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This place sucks. The burger is probably the worst thing about it. They try to be all fancy by putting a burger on pita bread and charging you an arm and a leg for it. It was dry and disgusting.
Joy replying to a comment from Greg / July 9, 2010 at 05:21 pm
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You're so wrong. And unnecessarily hostile. Best burger I've ever had, and the pita's the unique thing about it.
Greg replying to a comment from Joy / July 14, 2010 at 09:57 pm
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Best burger?? Are you related to the owner? But no need to take my word for it. The readers can go blow twenty bucks and find out for themselves. Don't say I didn't warn ya!
Matt / July 16, 2010 at 03:41 pm
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Well if what you're expecting from the Diner is a frozen patty then you've gone to the wrong place. Fresh, locally raised beef, lamb and bison burgers I believe are available at the moment and cooked to your colour liking. And I like the pita idea, lets you taste the meat.

I think some people just have a craving for processed, un-local miscellaneous scraps of "meat" and plastic filler. Plenty of cheap options out there for someone with that palate. Don't think I have to mention where to get those. It costs them more and so you have to pay more. Thats the way it works when a place supports local farmers.

A foodie,

Matt
Greg replying to a comment from Matt / July 21, 2010 at 11:28 am
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Wow, congrats on having a highly refined palate. What would us peasants know about fine burgers as we are used to processed frozen food. I suppose that if you are as pompous as this guy then you may actually like this place and may even be able to convince yourself that a burger in a pita is a good idea. And hey you might even be helping a local farmer along the way (how noble). My advice is look elsewhere whether your tastebuds are sophisticated or not. I would suggest Craft Burger for something fast or Beer Bistro if you are not in a rush. I'm not sure if the beef is local but the burger is great as are the frites.
romano / August 18, 2010 at 02:11 pm
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how this place can survive @ rosedale.TO?!
bad service
bad food
worst capu
& not so clean (desperately need to be sanitized)
clearly its a mega crap in a great spot.
BTW the burger tasted like it was frozen "since 1978"

my GF took me out for my birthday.... i think it was my punishment (i forgot hers!)women pff, (BTW; not my GF any more)

worst birthday ever.

Unless you are some sort of sick and obsessed person, avoid The rosedale diner at all costs.
SJB / November 27, 2010 at 04:30 pm
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The steak is amazing, the bison burger was too dry and the pita should be toasted to get away from the processed taste.

The service was also terrible. This place would do so well with nice warm and welcoming servers. Instead you get a pretentious, cold, humorless host and a whiny sniveling waitress.

Would go back for the Steaks again if the servers were changed to better people.
SJB / November 27, 2010 at 04:30 pm
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The steak is amazing, the bison burger was too dry and the pita should be toasted to get away from the processed taste.

The service was also terrible. This place would do so well with nice warm and welcoming servers. Instead you get a pretentious, cold, humorless host and a whiny sniveling waitress.

Would go back for the Steaks again if the servers were changed to better people.
Paul / December 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm
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Wow--the rude, ignorant comments on this board are shocking.

The Rosedale diner isn't haute cuisine, but it's friendly, charming and the food is good value. That "snivelling" waitress (as far as I know there's only one) is about the nicest server we've ever had. Try the Caesar salad, the duck confit poutine or the steak.

Honestly, these posters are the kind of people that make me want to flee the GTA.
Andrea / January 10, 2011 at 08:09 pm
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Jan 9th 2011

As far as the food, the Bison burger was tasty and a neat idea with the pita bun and do-it-yourself type toppings. The garlic fries were tasty, BUT gave me the worst garlic breath which persisted after numerous mouthwash rinses and toothbrushing. However, the flavour was good on consumption.

My biggest complaints: Extremely expensive for what you're getting ($16+++/burger, Garlic fries and most toppings extra $1.50/2 each. AND.... having an extremely sick waiter who would wipe his dripping nose and then proceed to touch everything, like handling the brims of fresh drink cups, plates, menus. The realistic worry of disease unfortunately heavily outweighed the benefits of this cutesy diner.
stever / November 3, 2011 at 05:41 pm
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Sorry but it was overpriced and just average
Matty / January 10, 2012 at 09:12 am
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Worse than crap in ma pants.
A fatty, Matty
Xavier / May 16, 2013 at 11:18 pm
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OK so to stride away from the negative comments, I am a regular at the Rosedale, There lunch Chef Chris, is a great dude with a warm heart. I order something different everything I go. Just so you guys know, this place is being featured in Diner's Drive-in and dives, which is a International show about cuisine. I am not shunning anyone because everyone is different and is allowed to have a opinion. So lets get down to it. Their burger (to me) is not as described for this was 2 years ago. It is absolutely perfect an allows for te taste of the meat(which is hand tossed and molded) There Gar-Par frites are to die for perfect blend of herbs(oregano and such) with s Garlic and Parmesan which is not to flavorful but instead a perfect bled it he potato so you can taste everything. Lately I have been asking him to surprise me with off menu items with pure heart and soul into each on and a blow back by each on. Of course there are hits and misses but that's life. So my review for the restaurant is 5/6 for everything you ed or crave can be catered to.
Mike / December 10, 2013 at 09:43 am
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Walked in with my wife and 5 year old son expecting to find some good wholesome comfort food on a cold afternoon and to our surprise it did not really have a great diner style menu and was very pricey. This place is not child friendly like The Lakeview, Muddy Duck or The Orchard in Mississauga!!! We stayed about 5 minutes and decided to make a quick exit.
lialae / March 16, 2014 at 01:07 pm
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A waste of time and money. The staff are rude, the service is terrible and and the food isn't worth a fraction of what they charge. $55 spent that should have gone to charity instead of greedy restaurant owners. Should have known when I walked in the front door and had to pass through the heavy weighted drape to enter the restaurant; a cheap and ineffective attempt to block the frigid winter cold that blew through the restaurant whenever anyone entered or exited.
Owen Williams / May 31, 2014 at 06:27 pm
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This was one of my favourite restaurants when I lived in the neighbourhood, and has remained one of my standards since I moved further south. I love brunch at the Rosedale Diner, but the dinner has never missed. Personally, I do not love the burger, because of the pita, but it is not something I would complain about. If you like the idea of a burger on a pita, go for it. If not, then try something else. What is the big deal here?

This place is consistently good. The garden patio is beautiful in the summer time. As long as I live in Toronto, I'll keep going back.

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